A peaceful night’s rest can easily turn into a real-life nightmare when something catches on fire. A rapidly spreading fire is dangerous and deadly, which is why it’s important to get loved ones out of the house quickly. A properly working smoke or carbon monoxide detector maximizes the amount of escape time and could save your life.


The professionals at The Happy Outlet want to ensure residents of the Carson City area remain safe. We have gathered a list of helpful, life-saving tips to maintain your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


Common Tips to Maintain Smoke Detectors

  • Change detector every ten years
  • Keep one in every room
  • Keep one on every floor
  • Maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Regularly clean and test
  • Change out the batteries regularly

Common Tips to Maintain CO Detectors

  • Change detector every ten years
  • Keep at least one on every floor
  • Keep one in the basement
  • Change out the batteries regularly
  • Maintain according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Regularly clean and test

Another useful way to maintain your smoke detector is to clean it out. We have a list of the various steps to take to have a clean and properly working smoke detector. This is important to not overlook because a clean smoke detector helps avoid false alarms from dirt and dust build up.


Why You Should Maintain Your Smoke Detector

Safety is the number one priority in any home, however, maintaining safety of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm can often be overlooked. Don’t let the threatening smell of smoke wake you and your family up in the middle of the night. Let the fire alarm wake you with enough time to safely get out of the house.


For your electrical safety, it is important to become aware of the serious threats that follow a smoke detector that hasn’t been maintained. Three out of five home fire deaths are a result from a smoke alarm that didn’t work. It’s crucial to have a detector that has been maintained.


In most cases, a home fire will give you and your family about two minutes to safely escape the premise. Give yourself enough time to get out of the house with a properly working alarm sound on your detector.  The Happy Outlet wants to ensure your electrical safety because we care about you and your family!


A fire isn’t the only danger to worry about in your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that humans can’t detect, which is why it’s crucial to have a CO detector in your home. This dangerous gas is something you don’t want to mess with. By maintaining your detector, you are giving you and your loved ones a much safer home to live in.


Keep a safe and comfortable home by maintaining your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors! Give us a call at 775-841-9473 to schedule an appointment with your trusted electrical professionals.  We are here to make sure maintaining your smoke detectors is a part of your electrical safety plan.